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Join the ToI Community for a video interview with Sharansky to launch his memoir

Access Wednesday’s Behind the Headlines webinar by becoming a ToI Community member and hear co-authors Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy discuss prison, politics and the Jewish people

Prisoner of Zion Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky is escorted by US Ambassador Richard Burt after Sharansky crossed the border at Glienicker Bridge on Feb. 11, 1986 at the start of an East-West spy and prisoner exchange in Berlin. (AP Photo/Files)
Prisoner of Zion Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky is escorted by US Ambassador Richard Burt after Sharansky crossed the border at Glienicker Bridge on Feb. 11, 1986 at the start of an East-West spy and prisoner exchange in Berlin. (AP Photo/Files)

Join The Times of Israel Community to hear former Prisoner of Zion Natan Sharansky speak about his latest book, “Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People,” on Wednesday, September 9, for this week’s installment of Behind the Headlines. The video series is exclusively for the ToI Community.

Sharansky and historian Gil Troy discuss their new co-authored book, “Never Alone,” which explores how Sharansky’s years in Soviet prison – many spent in harsh solitary confinement – prepared him for a very public life after his release.

The discussion will be led by Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Times of Israel’s Jewish World editor.

The video conversation with Sharansky and Troy will be presented to Times of Israel Community members this Wednesday, September 9, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time/ 8 p.m. Israel Daylight Time. If you’ve not yet joined the ToI Community, you can sign up here.

The cover of ‘Never Alone,’ co-authored by Natan Sharansky and Gil Tory. (courtesy)

Following nine years in Soviet prisons fighting for the right to immigrate to Israel, Sharansky spent nine years in the halls of the Knesset and headed various ministries under three Israeli prime ministers. Most recently, Sharansky was Chairman of the Jewish Agency for nine years.

“Never Alone” is divided chronologically into these three periods of Sharansky’s life and offers an array of insightful personal anecdotes — and humorous vignettes — with a cast of characters spanning from Israel’s top leadership, to Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin, and United States presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.

“Never Alone” is a book of gratitude and great expectations. It is a rallying cry to every Jew — in Israel and the Diaspora — to get involved and push for change. It is the story of an immigrant who faced sabra disdain and changed a system. And it closes with a call for unity in the face of rising anti-Semitism and bruised relations among the Jewish peoples.

Join Sharansky, Troy and Jewish World editor Borschel-Dan on Wednesday for their conversation about the riveting new book. In the coming weeks, ToI reporters and editors will continue video-interviewing more influential individuals from a wide spectrum of fields on diverse topics for the series. Like The Times of Israel itself, the Behind the Headlines series aims to offer a fair, deep look at some of today’s burning issues and noteworthy personalities.

Then-head of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky addresses the Knesset’s Lobby of Religion and State on December 27, 2016 at the Knesset. Seated to his left is head of ITIM Rabbi Seth Farber and to his left, lobby co-chair MK Elazar Stern. (Courtesy ITIM)

If you’d like to join the session with Sharansky and Troy — it’s not too late. Become a Times of Israel Community member today and you’ll gain access to this Wednesday’s session, along with all of our upcoming exclusive webinars. You’ll also gain an ad-free experience of the ToI site and apps, and a weekly insider letter from David Horovitz.

If you are already a ToI Community member, you’ll receive a link to the session by email on Wednesday.

Co-authors Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy with their new book, ‘Never Alone.’ (Larissa Ruthman)
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